I randomly found this book while browsing my Kindle Unlimited recommended titles, and oh my GOD am I glad I downloaded this. I haven’t loved a book this much in quite a while, and I can’t recommend it enough.
Bailey and the Bad Boy (Scandalous Series #1)
Limitless Publishing LLC
It’s the last day of school, and everyone is excited for the big summer leading up to our senior year. I was too…until my heart was ripped out of my chest.
As if getting dumped wasn’t bad enough, I’m forced to endure the humiliation of witnessing my ex-boyfriend flaunt his new girl—who also happens to be my now ex-best friend—all over town. Double whammy.
Now I’m the pathetic ex-girlfriend left gutted, heartbroken, and nose deep in a bucket of ice cream. I’m doomed to spend the summer sulking over a guy who thought I was predictable and bad in bed.
So, when I get an offer guaranteeing me some well-deserved payback, of course I’m going to take it. Besides, the plan is simple. Pretend like I’m dating Ryder, the town’s popular bad boy, and make my ex wallow in a pit of jealousy and regret. It’s perfect.
I mean…what could possibly go wrong?
Ohmygod I loved this book. I’m going to try not to go on, and on, and on about how much I LOVE this book throughout this review, but I make no promises. Have you ever read one of those books where you just can’t stop smiling as you read it? Like, if you read it in public people (non-readers, ugh) would think you’re actually insane? This was one of those for me. And now that it’s over, I am in hardcore book hangover mode.
When Bailey’s boyfriend Chace (douchebag spelling, douchebag person) suddenly breaks up with her after 2 years together, she’s devastated. Shockingly, Ryder Jones, the title Bad Boy, witnesses the breakup, asks if she’s okay, and offers her a shot at revenge – but at the time, all Bailey wants to do is hide away and cry for days. When she finds out that Chace and her best friend are dating behind her back, Bailey changes her mind and jumps at the chance to get back at both of them. Ryder suggests that they pretend to be dating, and while Bailey is hesitant at first, she agrees to this plan. Because, what could go wrong?
Right. I think we all know what could go “wrong”. The fake-relationship-turns-to-real-feelings storyline is not new or groundbreaking. The main conflict in this story is the whole will they/won’t they make the switch from fake relationship to real love trope. I’ve definitely read a book or two with pretty much this exact scenario before… but, GUYS. This book is so well-written, the relationship that develops between Ryder and Bailey is SO FREAKIN’ CUTE, and the characters are so real and relatable that I do not mind the (mostly) predictable plot for an instant.
Bailey and Ryder pretty much have chemistry from the get-go, but Bailey is very convinced that none of it is real and it’s all for show, to piss Chace off and make him regret his whole life. Ryder’s motives are unclear from the beginning, but Bailey chalks it up to the fact that Chace must have done something egregious to Ryder in the past, and whatever it is she’s happy to let Ryder help her get revenge and take some for himself.
Now, I knew where this story was heading from the beginning, but that didn’t lessen my enjoyment in the slightest. And, while much of the plot is predictable (in a GOOD way, I promise), there actually was a twist at the end that I didn’t see coming. Ryder’s reasons for getting back at Chace were not what I expected, but it was completely justified. This dude SUCKED, and it was nice to see Bailey and Ryder give him a taste of his own medicine.
Basically, this book is amazing, and if you like contemporary/YA/new adult romance, you need to read it. I haven’t felt this strongly about a book in quite a while, and it’s 100% going on my favorites shelf. The next book in the Scandalous Series, Indie and the Brother’s Best Friend, is not yet available (GAH!) but it comes out on January 30th, so there’s not too long to wait (yay!). And if you think for a second I won’t be starting that the moment it’s available, well, you’d be wrong. Also, don’t let the fact that this is a series scare you – these are interconnected standalones and you will not find a cliffhanger ending here. In conclusion: amazing book, ADORABLE love story, go buy this now.